Ireland’s biggest youth regatta gets underway tomorrow, with nearly 200 young sailors from around Ireland and over 28 clubs represented.

If you find yourself with some free time over the next few days, get yourself over to Dun Laoghaire for the Volvo Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships. The regatta starts tomorrow and runs until 8 April, with races open to all young sailors who sail in the five Irish Sailing Youth Pathway Classes (Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Topper and Optimist). The event is jointly hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.

Volvo Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships
Geoff Power & James McCann at last years race.

It promises to be a great few days! There will be three race courses, five classes, three evening talks, and 32 counties represented. All the big names in Irish Sailing will be there giving talks in the evening, including Irish Sailing Performance Director James O’Callaghan and coach Ross Killian. Along with sports psychologist Dr Kate Kirby, Jessie Barr and nutritionist Ronan Doherty. All talks are open to the sailors and their parents.

Here’s hoping the weather plays ball for Ireland’s largest youth regatta. The big appeal for those competing is that the event is Irish Sailing’s primary talent spotting event of the year for the Academy and Junior classes. Best of luck to all involved.

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By Orla O'Muiri

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